December 9, 2014 - The Times
GARY | Jackie Ruiz, AP Environmental Science teacher at Lake Central High School, took three of her classes on a memorable trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore last month.
The students were treated to a rare experience, Tuiz said, a high school field trip. "I can show them pictures of the Dunes, but nothing compares to experiencing the Dunes," said Ruiz.
The classes started their adventure at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary, where the group was welcomed by National Park Service rangers Kip Walton and Kimberly Swift who provided information about the diversity of species found at the Miller Woods trail.
The final destination on the trek was the beach where the unseasonably warm weather allowed for the students to remove their shoes and feel the sand on their feet. "I was shocked that the majority of my students had never visited the Dunes, a true treasure, right here in Northwest Indiana, that many people travel from far away to visit," Ruiz said.
The students explored three ecosystems - wetlands, a lagoon and Lake Michigan. They gained an appreciation of the natural beauty found so close to home.
"Climbing the sand dunes made me realize what a beautiful and awesome place this is," said senior Adam Cobban.